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Substantial additional funds to our water supply infrastructure project in Burkina Faso

19/09/2017

After a successful start, and only 5 months of implementation of our KfW-financed project in Burkina Faso (Prestations de Consultant dans le cadre du Programme d’Approvisionnement en Eau Potable et Assainissement dans les petites et moyennes villes dans les Régions de la Boucle du Mouhon, Cascades, Hauts-Bassin et Sud-Ouest), a de

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After a successful start, and only 5 months of implementation of our KfW-financed project in Burkina Faso (Prestations de Consultant dans le cadre du Programme d’Approvisionnement en Eau Potable et Assainissement dans les petites et moyennes villes dans les Régions de la Boucle du Mouhon, Cascades, Hauts-Bassin et Sud-Ouest), a delegation of representatives from KfW and ONEA met GOPA Infra’s team on site in mid-September. Several visits were made and meetings held in different project towns, in order to allow the KfW delegation, in particular, to better understand the project’s needs and constraints, as well as our primary findings.

During GOPA Infra’s summarising presentation at the final meeting in our project office in Bobo-Dioulasso, KfW announced that substantial additional funds have been recently granted to our project by the BMZ, increasing the already remarkable budget of the water-supply infrastructure works by roughly 45%.

GOPA Infra is glad that technical assistance and engineering tasks are also planned to be increased – and, even more importantly, that the project will be much more coherent with the additional budget. This will help enhance, in a sustainable way, water-supply systems in the 16 middle-sized towns spread over the four regions in the south-western part of Burkina Faso, and consequently achieve the rather ambitious project indicators.

Official kick-off meeting held in Bobo-Dioulasso for our new project

27/06/2017

GOPA Infra recently organised and moderated the “atelier de démarrage”, the official kick-off for our EUR 3.4 million project "Programme for water supply and sanitation in small and medium towns in the regions of Boucle du Mouhoun, Cascades, Hauts-Bassins and Sud-Ouest".

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GOPA Infra recently organised and moderated the “atelier de démarrage”, the official kick-off for our EUR 3.4 million project "Programme for water supply and sanitation in small and medium towns in the regions of Boucle du Mouhoun, Cascades, Hauts-Bassins and Sud-Ouest". Representatives of the national water and wastewater utility ONEA, KfW as main donor, and various NGOs and IFIs participated at the one-day event in Bobo-Dioulasso. Altogether, almost 60 people attended this meeting, including all the mayors of the 16 beneficiary towns.

Aiming to extend infrastructure, particularly in the water supply sector, this project is the biggest German financial contribution to ONEA in the last decades. GOPA Infra is pleased to contribute to the long-standing engagement of the GOPA Consulting Group in Burkina Faso.

For more information, please contact Markus Daechert (markus.daechert@gopa-infra.de).

GOPA Infra supports pollution reduction from industrial treatment plants in India

23/06/2017

The GIDC Industrial Estate at Vapi in the State of Gujarat in the western part of India is one of the three project sites of our GIZ-financed project “Sustainable & Environment-Friendly Industrial Production” (SEIP).

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The GIDC Industrial Estate at Vapi in the State of Gujarat in the western part of India is one of the three project sites of our GIZ-financed project “Sustainable & Environment-Friendly Industrial Production” (SEIP). This site is a critically polluted industrial area, causing severe pollution to the surroundings, including the adjoining river Damanganga. GOPA Infra is providing technically and financially viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact in cooperation with the industries.

Dr Ulrich Schmitz from GOPA Infra, Germany, visited GIDC Industrial Estate Vapi for the second time, together with the local GIZ SEIP cell. This formed part of the activities to suggest improvements for wastewater treatment processes in Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP) in selected industries.

His one-week trip included meetings, field visits and discussions on the results of samples collected and findings during his first visit in February. These came from ten ETPs where the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) identified problems in keeping one or more pollution-control parameters within limit. Questionnaires, design documents, data records and visual inspection enabled the expert to assess the condition and performance of each plant. He personally met the staff of each industrial branch, and made suggestions for improving their ETPs: for example, optimising the aeration tank; applying the correct chemical dosage to improve the settling of sludge; and new, tertiary treatment technology to reduce colour and total dissolved solids.

A workshop was arranged with GPCB at Vapi. The thirty-five participants gained ideas on improvements that industries can bring about in their ETPs.

On the basis of inputs by the German expert, the GIZ will come up with suggestions for improvement measures, and also for future technologies which can be implemented in similar industries.

Albanian ADF trainees on study tour in Germany

31/05/2017

GOPA Infra is currently finalising the water component of the KfW-financed Social Investment Fund (IV) Programme, “Consulting Services for the Implementation of Training Activities for ADF (Albanian Development Fund) Key Training Staff in Albania”.

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GOPA Infra is currently finalising the water component of the KfW-financed Social Investment Fund (IV) Programme, “Consulting Services for the Implementation of Training Activities for ADF (Albanian Development Fund) Key Training Staff in Albania”.

As one of the final capacity-building measures, a study tour took place from 21 to 24 May 2017, visiting three German water utilities in and around Pforzheim (Stadtwerke Pforzheim, Kommunalen Wasserversorgung Knittlingen and Kommunale Wasserversorgung Niefern-Öschelbronn). It was organised and implemented by EWEC Water GmbH. Fourteen Albanian ADF trainees, one water expert from GOPA Infra Albania, and one representative from GOPA Infra Germany attended the tour.

It was a great success; the Albanian ADF delegation and the German water utilities’ staff members enjoyed the international exchange highlighted by vivid discussions on economic and technical strategies from both sides.

A strong team! – GOPA Infra

10/05/2017

Strategic meetings, successful discussions and team-building events took place during our workshop to further improve GOPA Infra’s efficiency.

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Strategic meetings, successful discussions and team-building events took place during our workshop to further improve GOPA Infra’s efficiency.